Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $21.95
  • Save: $4.37 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Ships from Amazon, Benefits Charity. Light wear to cover with tight binding and clean pages
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher Paperback – Unabridged, August 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1416603702 ISBN-10: 1416603700 Edition: 1ST

Buy New
Price: $17.58
27 New from $4.39 44 Used from $4.28 1 Collectible from $9.99
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Unabridged
"Please retry"
$17.58
$4.39 $4.28
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Frequently Bought Together

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher + Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results + Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
Price for all three: $56.23

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Teacher Supplies
Browse our Teacher Supplies store, with everything teachers need to educate students and expand their learning.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve; 1ST edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416603700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416603702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Dr. Willis is a unique blend of common sense, humor and brains, a rarity being both a "brain" doctor, and a classroom teacher. With this book I have my own neurologist/teacher in my classroom. --Surprise Your Brain: Buy this book! J.Brown

I thought I would use the book as a reference, but when I started reading I read  cover to cover. It a book that you read, then are able to use the strategies presented immediately. --Jules Zimmer, Dean Emeritis, U of CA, Grad Sch Education

This book is really making me rethink the way I teach. The book gives you an awareness of how the brain works and how the brain remembers. I highly recommend it. --Midwest Book Review

Dr. Willis presents very practical yet eye-opening details on how to engage students before you have even begun your lesson. Dr Willis has changed my teaching forever. --You knew that it was true, but this book explains why, Sean Kelly

This book helped me find the missing pieces of the puzzle. I don't usually read my mom's books but I read this one. It is interesting and fun to read. --Hope is on every page - A Kid's Review

From the Back Cover

Invaluable supplement to enhancing maximum effectiveness

Midwest Book Review

Board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher Judy Willis, M.D. presents Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning, a guide for K-12 educators that combines the latest findings of learning-centered brain research with practical experience in the classroom. The result is a resource for helping students achieve their full academic potential that covers memory, learning, and test-taking success; strategies to corner student attention; how to mitigate the negative effects and draw benefits from the positive effects of stress and emotion in learning; and much more. A glossary, bibliography for further reading, and index round out this invaluable supplement to enhancing one's grade school curriculum for maximum effectiveness.

Treasure-packed remarkable resource

Dr. Lawrence May

 Dr Judy Willis has written an excellent book for helping teachers understand how to teach in ways that engage students' brains and lead to deeper learning. The short text is easy to understand, yet filled with valuable information for teachers.

Teachers must constantly make decisions about which teaching method to use at any given point. Complicating the decision-making, however, is the plethora of methods from which teachers may choose, and the fact that proponents of so many different methods claim to have scientific research to support their ideas. Nevertheless, the task of choosing might be a little easier after reading Willis's book. While many texts focus on advising teachers how to implement a specific teaching strategy, Willis focuses on helping teachers understand how the human brain works and how teachers can use that knowledge to choose strategies that tap into the brain's normal processes.

In just over 100 pages, Willis deals with a wide range of educational issues. For example, she describes how the brain stores information and develops networking connections between related data. This, she writes, can help teachers understand why students sometimes have difficulty learning vocabulary. Unless a student is shown the relationships between existing knowledge and the new vocabulary, the student's brain stores the new information in isolation. Storing information in isolation then makes it more difficult for the brain to retrieve the information later. Conversely, if the student understands the connections between previous knowledge and new knowledge, the brain literally networks the information, which makes it easier for the brain to retrieve the information in the future. Willis describes how teachers can use graphic organizers, visualization, and role-play to help students make those cognitive connections.

An entire chapter is dedicated to understand how stress affects the brain and how schools and families can work together to reduce stress on students and help students handle the stress they do feel. Another chapter is dedicated to discussing many good assessment techniques. In this context, rather than merely describing how to write rubrics, Willis describes how rubrics help students' brains develop.

Of course, in describing so many neurological functions, it is necessary for Willis to use intimidating terms, such as dendrites, occipital lobes, and prefrontal cortex. Willis does a remarkable job, however, explaining such terms. And in case the reader forgets what a term means mid-book, the book includes a handy glossary.

I found Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning to be a surprisingly understandable, yet treasure-packed resource. And its readability and short length mean one can easily read it over a weekend.

Best of all, the book could meet the needs of a wide audience. Willis has explained her ideas well enough that preservice teachers could easily understand the material; in fact, I can see this book becoming popular in teacher education programs. At the same time, the book offers such a unique perspective and valuable information that even veteran teachers are likely to benefit from investing their time in reading it.

More About the Author

WEBSITE: WWW.RADTEACH.com

Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist combined her 15 years as a practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. With her unique background as both in neuroscience and education, she has written seven books about applying neuroscience research to classroom teaching strategies.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and Master's of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education and travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting about learning and the brain. She has been interviewed by USA Today, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News Education Nation, ABC Australia Radio, Lateline Australia, Popular Mechanics, Neurology Today, USA Today, Education Week, Parenting Magazine among others, and writes staff expert blogs for NBC News Education Nation, Edutopia, and Psychology Today. In 2011 she was selected by Edutopia as a "Big Thinkers on Education."
Website www.RADTeach.com

Books by Dr. Judy Willis

The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (2014).

Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010

How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008.

Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension ASCD August 2008.

Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, ASCD 2007

Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006.

Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, Challenging. Great Potentials Press, 2008.

Contributing Author

Cooperative Learning: Accessing Our Highest Human Potential. A chapter in, The Power of the Social Brain Editors: Art Costa & Wilson O'Leary. New York: Teachers College Press. 2013.

Current Impact of Neuroscience in Teaching and Learning. A chapter in, Mind, Brain, and Education Ed. D. Sousa. Solution Tree Press, 2010.

MindUp! Hawn Foundation curriculum for mindful student focus and emotional control. New York: Scholastic. Feb. 2011

Dr. Judy Willis' Recent & Popular Links
More at www.RADTeach.com

EURONEWS Willis Interview The role of neuroscience in education includes Judy Willis VIDEO & transcript near end of both
http://www.euronews.com/2014/11/14/all-in-the-mind-the-role-of-neuroscience-in-education/

"Dr. Judy Willis Edutopia's 'Big Thinker on Education'"
http://www.edutopia.org/big-thinkers-judy-willis-neuroscience-learning-video

"Meet Dr Judy Willis, EDUTOPIA Staff Blogger" https://www.edutopia.org/users/judy-willis-md (This works best if you cut and paste web address)

What Edtech Can You Trust? Edutopia Staff blog. November 18, 2014.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-edtech-can-you-trust-judy-willis

Good Praise, Bad Praise for NBC News Education Nation: Jan 2014 http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=0A598840-7722-11E3-A4E20050569A5318#

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning http://www.edutopia.org/blog/neuroscience-behind-stress-and-learning-judy-willis Edutopia Staff Blog. July 18, 2014

Australia ABC TV show Lateline Judy Willis, MD interview Apr 20, 2012 "Neuroscientist explains how to stimulate young brains". Link with video & transcript http://bit.ly/IeW5H1

ABC Radio National How children learn best Interview with Dr. Judy Willis
'All in the Mind' program hosted by Lynne Malcolm 10/14/12
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/how-children-learn-best/4297754

"Dr Judy Willis and Goldie Hawn are Building Better Brains by Bringing Neuroscience into Classrooms". Neurology Now: Publication of the American Academy of Neurology March/April 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 14-17. http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2010/06020/Golden_Opportunity.17.aspx

TEDx Video Dr. Judy Willis Jan 2013 ASB Mumbai, India. Topic "Dr. Judy Willis: Video Game Model for Motivated Learning' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8TPRec6OCY

TEDx Video Dr. Judy Willis Feb 1, 2012. Topic "From Neuroscience Lab to the Classroom" TEDxEnola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHRyPbcLKis
Video Link International Conference on Thinking, Wellington, New Zealand. January 2013. Dr Judy Willis speaking about, What we can learn from the Video Game Model http://bit.ly/15czG6s

The Neuroscience of Joyful Learning http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/summer07/vol64/num09/The-Neuroscience-of-Joyful-Education.aspx

Want Children to "Pay Attention"? Make Their Brains Curious!
Force-feeding won't work even on a hungry brain http://bit.ly/rtoI3a

The Neuroscience of Joyful Education by Judy Willis, M.D. ASCD Express Jan 3. http://bit.ly/Wyr3O5

Top 10 Memory Tips (PDF) at http://bit.ly/7ZpBz2
Then go to "download as media" at the top

How The Memory Works In Learning (Dec 2012)
http://www.teachthought.com/learning/how-the-memory-works-in-learning/

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom in TeachThough Oct 2013 http://www.teachthought.com/learning/the-simple-things-i-do-to-promote-brain-based-learning-in-my-classroom/

Keep Students From Turning Off Their Brains in TeachThought 10/16/2013, http://www.teachthought.com/learning/5-teaching-strategies-keep-students-turningbrains/?utm_content=bufferc742b&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

Five Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention by Judy Willis. Edutopia Staff Blog. Mar 17, 2014.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/assessment-forms-promote-content-retention-judy-willis?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-assessment-forms-retention

Three Questions To Consider Before You Give A Test. TeachTought Issue 03/16/2014. https://www.google.com/analytics/web/?pli=1#home/a30482055w56947284p58157304/

Understanding How the Brain Thinks: Edutopia Staff 6-PART Blog Series about Building Executive Functions
Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1)
The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning (Part 2)
Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities. (Part 3) http://bit.ly/p1oTbO
Three Brain-based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students (Part 4) http://bit.ly/nCy5Id
Three Strategies for Using the Arts to Build Student Executive Functions (Part 5) http://bit.ly/xFnJO8
Executive Function, Arts Integration and Joyful Learning (Part 6) http://bit.ly/yI2NLa

ASCD "How the Brain Learns" Webpage/blog Group managed by Judy Willis: Open Membership. http://edge.ascd.org/group/how-the-brain-learns

"ASK Dr. Judy" Free ASCD Archived Brain-Based Learning Strategies Webinars. Video and pdf multiple ed topics http://bit.ly/PDwSK1 & scroll down

ASCD Author Page for Judy Willis http://www.ascd.org/Publications/ascd-authors/judy-willis.aspx


How to Teach Students About Their Brains

How to Teach Students About the Brain link:
http://www.radteach.com/page1/page8/page44/page44.html

What You Should Know About Your Brain link:
http://www.radteach.com/page1/page8/page45/page45.html
or http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el200912_willis.pdf

Books by Judy Willis, M.D.

Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher, ASCD 2006 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107006.aspx

Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108073.aspx?utm_source=ascdfacebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=math-willis-fb

How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Your-Child-Learns-Best-Brain-Friendly/dp/1402213468

The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators. (2014) Bridgepoint Education, Inc. https://learn.thuze.com/store/product/THUZE.HSS.PSY.9781621781639

Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension ASCD August 2008. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107073.aspx

Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom, ASCD 2007 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107040.aspx

Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, And Challenging. Great Potentials Press, 2008. http://amzn.to/1wwMsg4

Parenting Articles, Videos, Blogs

Video: Parenting to Develop Your Children's Critical Skillsets for 21st Century Success: http://www.gotocoffeebreak.com/portfolio/march-2013/
Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education. March 2013

25 Parenting Videos by Dr. Judy Willis Kids in the House
http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/expert/parenting-advice-from-judy-willis-md-med#page=/video/meet-judy-willis-md-med or http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/search/site/willis#

Email me jwillisneuro@aol.com for more extensive lists of links for any of the above topics and the individual topics listed here:
General
Math
Reading
Arts across curriculum
Writing for STEM and across curriculum
Memory
Bilingual Brain
Assessment
Adolescent Brains
Building Executive Functions
Stress and Learning, Stress Reduction, Emotional Positivity
Mindfulness
Motivation and Growth Mindset
Student Engagement
Attention and Focus
The Neuroscience of Learning (multiple topics)
Teaching Teachers, Students, and Parents the Neuroscience of Learning
Collaborative Group Learning
Creativity Building and Cognitive Flexibility
Game-Based and Project-Based Learning and Video Game Model
Teacher Well Being
Video and Other Interviews Multiple Topics
ASCD Videos & Interviews Free Links
Useful Websites

Parenting Articles, Videos, Blogs available on website

WEBSITE: WWW.RADTEACH.com


Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
20
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 22 customer reviews
This book is a real gem.
Deborah Garcia
This book is so well written and has practical knowledge for educators and those that just like to understand how the brain works.
Melody Beitzel
I found Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning to be a surprisingly understandable, yet treasure-packed resource.
Sandra Collins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Collins on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Reading a book on pedagogy written by a neurologist sounds like as much fun as reading a standardized test manual, but Dr Judy Willis's Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning truly surprised me. Willis has written an excellent book for helping teachers understand how to teach in ways that engage students' brains and lead to deeper learning. The short text is easy to understand, yet filled with valuable information for teachers.
Teachers must constantly make decisions about which teaching method to use at any given point. Complicating the decision-making, however, is the plethora of methods from which teachers may choose, and the fact that proponents of so many different methods claim to have scientific research to support their ideas. Nevertheless, the task of choosing might be a little easier after reading Willis's book. While many texts focus on advising teachers how to implement a specific teaching strategy, Willis focuses on helping teachers understand how the human brain works and how teachers can use that knowledge to choose strategies that tap into the brain's normal processes.
In just over 100 pages, Willis deals with a wide range of educational issues. For example, she describes how the brain stores information and develops networking connections between related data. This, she writes, can help teachers understand why students sometimes have difficulty learning vocabulary. Unless a student is shown the relationships between existing knowledge and the new vocabulary, the student's brain stores the new information in isolation. Storing information in isolation then makes it more difficult for the brain to retrieve the information later.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on September 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dr. Willis is a unique blend of common sense, humor and brains. Judy is a rarity being both a "brain" doctor, and a classroom teacher. She cares about her students, and works tirelessly with her students and on-going research. This book gives you interesting medical facts, then applies it directly to classroom strategies.

I've always taught using a multi-sensory approach, but now I know why I do it! This book will back up what you know--and what you do in the classroom. I've had a lot of fun "surprising" the brains of my students using Judy's ideas. Now I have this book, my own neurologist/teacher in my backpack of tricks.

PS I love the glossary!

Joan P. Brown
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Kelly on December 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am so excited to finally be able to see what is going on inside my teenage student's brains.

As teachers, we are aware that presentation is a key element of what we do to engage our students. How did we get that usually reluctant student to answer a question; what made the class get so excited about our lesson today. Dr. Willis presents some very practical yet eye-opening details on how to engage students before you have even begun your lesson.

As often as I am reminded of how short the typical adolescent attention span is, Dr. Willis offers us a scientific explanation for why it is true. I find myself excited at the prospect that I can hack (a la computer hacking) my classroom presentation to achieve success in the classroom in a more consistent way.

Judy has changed my teaching forever. Thanks Judy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher Judy Willis, M.D. presents Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning, a guide for K-12 educators that combines the latest findings of learning-centered brain research with practical experience in the classroom. The result is a resource for helping students achieve their full academic potential that covers memory, learning, and test-taking success; strategies to corner student attention; how to mitigate the negative effects and draw benefits from the positive effects of stress and emotion in learning; and much more. A glossary, bibliography for further reading, and index round out this invaluable supplement to enhancing one's grade school curriculum for maximum effectiveness.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book also helped me find the missing pieces of the puzzle. I don't usually read my mom's books but I read this one. It is interesting and fun to read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Connecticut, USA on February 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am reading this book for a graduate level education course. I have been a teacher for 7 years and this book is really making me rethink the way I teach. The book gives you an awareness of how the brain works and how the brain remembers. I highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By e-bev on April 12, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is amazing! It clarifies how the brain works when a person learns, and it shares many ways in which learning can be enhanced. I wrote all over in mine, and I'm ordering another copy for my principal. Now, I need a syn-nap. THANK YOU, Dr. Willis!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Burdick on February 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very readable and useful little book by a classroom teacher who has also had a career in neurology.

Cognitive Science is a particular interest of mine. I am always interested in brain-based theories of how to engage students in the classroom learning experience. Perhaps because this volume is already six years old, I didn't find any information that was new to me, but I enjoyed reviewing the concepts put forth here.

This is a good introductory book. It is practical, straight-forward and easy to understand.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, DE
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?